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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Q&A: Recent earthquakes in Indonesia

Q: As a parent of a participant in the upcoming Indonesia trip I am concerned about the recent earthquakes. More specifically, how does WTBD approach the situation and will the trip be altered because of the seismic activity and consequent damage?

A: Thank you for your question Michael. Indonesia is in an active earthquake region with a high level of earthquake activity. There are approximately 4,000 earthquakes across the country per year. Of course, the majority of these are not considered to be significant.

The latest 6.5-6.9 magnitude earthquakes hit the island of Lombok (which neighbours Bali) and neighbouring Sumbawa Island. Our programs do not go to Lombok or the surrounding islands. As a result, we will not be rerouting our course. 

I’m more than happy to chat on the phone if you would like more information. The instructor team will also be posting a tentative itinerary in the next couple of weeks so you will have more of an idea of where the group will be. 

Thank you again.

Jessica Armstrong.

SEA Program Director. 

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